Beautiful and remote, a group of coral islands breaks the surface of the Indian Ocean just north of the equator. For the low-lying Maldives, however, predictions of global warming and rising sea levels from greenhouse gases could have dire consequences: indeed the entire archipelago could slip beneath the very waves which today lap its seductive shores. But even if Western nations peg back their carbon dioxide and other emissions, countries like India and China are already embarked on ambitious development programmes which could massively increase atmospheric levels of greenhouse gases. Why should India not build her economy on fossil fuels as Europe and North America have already done with conspicuous profligacy? Fraught with complexity and contradiction, the global warming debate gets a timely airing.
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